This week I have chosen to shine the spotlight on Jack LaTorreJack did not seek public recognition but I know he was in the forefront of the long fight to get rid of the odor that emanated from the Owls Head Pollution Center on Shore Road. The success of that project has enhanced the health and quality of life for those who were affected.He has also worked with many committees throughout the years, as a member of the Bay Ridge Community Council. Jack teaches water safety, using his skills as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves in addition to recently completing his term as president of the Bay Ridge Historic Society.One hat he no longer wears is as lieutenant with the New York Police Department, having recently retired. Bay Ridge is blessed to have residents like Jack LaTorre.COMMUNITY NEWSVery special happy birthday greetings go out to two beautiful ladies I have been blessed to have in my life: my wife, PhillipaAnne StrafaciThe annual Columbus Day Parade Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 6, at noon at the Dyker Beach Club Golf Course at Seventh Avenue and 86th Street. The grand marshals are Father Michael GelfantLuigi RosabiancaJosephine Sportella-GiustoLenny Tilman of Leno Lab. Tickets are $85 per person. Call 718-259-2828 for reservations.UNSUNG FOLK REMEDIES: Raisins for low blood pressurePeople worry much more about high blood pressure than hypotension. However, rapid heartbeat, low energy and feeling continuously tired affect the quality of life for those with low blood pressure.A simple folk remedy is to soak about 30 raisins and chew them well first thing the next morning in addition to drinking the water, about three times per week. This has worked well for raising the blood pressure of many who suffer from this condition.Please consult your doctor if you are on any medication.
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